Read the two texts below.
Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts.
Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answer.
Write your answer in 240–280 words in an appropriate style.
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Fact or Fiction?
I’ve heard it said that you can’t consider yourself a ‘real reader’ unless your reading habits combine non-fiction and fiction. Instead of spending all your reading time in ‘made-up worlds’ populated by invented characters, you should also get yourself immersed in hard facts. Fiction is fine for a bit of light entertainment, according to this view, but knowledge can only be gained from non-fiction. It’s there that real history can be found, real insights into the human mind and behaviour. The stories told in non-fiction books have a tremendous advantage over those in fiction: they’re true, those things actually happened.[/one_half]
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The Quality of Fiction
There is often debate about the quality of fiction at any given time, with critics frequently pointing to a decline and bemoaning the pre-eminence of ‘popular fiction’ over ‘serious fiction’, sometimes called ‘literary fiction’. Certainly, the bestseller list often indicates public taste for the kind of fiction that requires no effort on the part of the reader, is poorly written and could justifiably be dismissed as ‘trash’. But anyone who cares to can always find plenty of the best kind of fiction, the fiction that teaches you about life and people, makes you think, and engages you in a fascinating and wholly believable other world.[/one_half_last]
Your local newspaper is planning to print a section called Secret Gems, with reviews sent in by local people of places that they like very much but that are not known to people in general. Write a review of a local place that you think deserves to be more widely known, briefly describing the place and saying why you recommend it.
Write your review in 280–320 words in an appropriate style.